Changing Seasons – July 2019

Late again as July has been a somewhat strange month. During the first week my son was in hospital for a planned operation then home to recover, however he became quite ill so was taken back into hospital where he still is, and although he is making a good recovery now, there are still major issues to be resolved. So a lot of my time has been spent driving a 40 mile round-trip to and from the hospital every other day and just when I thought I’d get a chance to do the walk, the weather changed and we had a couple of days of very heavy rain and gale force winds. On the way back from the hospital yesterday evening I stopped to get a few photos to show what is growing here in July. Hydrangeas and Agapanthus are still the main event, but I did find a few plants that I have not featured previously and several that I’m afraid I do not recognise. If you can ID them then please let me know in the comments.

Edit: (Thanks to Tish and Chloris who have offered an ID. I am very grateful and you are very clever!)

(click on the collage to enlarge image)
George V Memorial Walk – July 31 2019
  • Row 1: Yucca blooms, Euonymus Fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’, Gladiolus, Pittosporum Tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’, Canna lily
  •  Row 2: Cordyline australis (and string of lights), Nigella  ‘Miss Jekyll Albaand Cornflowers, Teasels, Evening Primrose,  Crocosmia
  • Row 3: Lady’s Eardrops (Fuchsia loxensis), Phlox, Japanese Anemone, Abelia, Salvia ‘Amistad’
  • Row 4: Hebe / Veronica, Canna lily, Shasta daisies Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Shaggy’, Begonia (Begonia boliviensis), Unknown lily
  • Row 5: Dahlia, Variegated Pittosporum, Double Asters, Coleonema album, Lords and Ladies (Arum lily)

All these photos were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 using a 42mm – 150mm zoom lens.

The Changing Seasons | July


  1. Chloris says:

    Awful having your son in hospital, we went through a spell like that, it is hideous. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Your red flower looks like a penstemon but it is difficult to tell without seeing the leaf. The white shrub looks like Coleonema album.

    1. Heyjude says:

      OOh, yes I think you could be right about the white shrub. I was thinking possibly NZ or Australia, but they do have a lot of SA plants here too. The red one is much more fuchsia like than a penstemon.

  2. Su Leslie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s ongoing health issues. Joanne has expressed it beautifully, and I join the others in hoping that he is on the mend and that the latest op really helps.
    Your gallery is lovely; totally loving the pink-fringed Gladiolus.
    Wishing you a less stressful month ahead.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The Gladiolus is rather splendid and not very tall either. I zipped along the walk last night, so there may well have been other gems I missed.

  3. Hope your son’s health improves soon.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks you, he’s getting there, but it is a long process.

  4. I’m sorry to hear your son is ill, Jude. Reading through the comments I see he had another op yesterday, so hope all went well. Best wishes to him, you and the rest of the family.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well so far so good, at least we know what is happening now.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I hate when one of our adult children is ill. I would rather it were me, I think. I hope he fully recovers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It has been a traumatic couple of years. We just hope that things turn out well for him after all this.

  6. Lovely collection of flowers, hope everything improves for you and family soon.

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